The lead-up to this year’s Oscars ceremony has been a hot mess. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is in panic mode, throwing pot after pot of spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks in order to get ratings up for the annual broadcast. But rather than a sleek, modern version of a beloved institution, all they’re coming up with is a very messy kitchen with too many cooks who apparently don’t know how to cook spaghetti.
It's sad, because this should be a magical time of year, a moment to stop and celebrate the best that cinema has to offer — or at least, the movies that campaigned really, really well.
Don't get me wrong, Jenkins has a lot to be salty about when it comes to Oscars. He was famously robbed of his initial acceptance speech moment for Moonlight, when Warren Beatty called out the wrong name. And though If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Regina King is a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, it was egregiously left out of the Best Picture and Best Director races. But rather than pulling a Bradley Cooper, this director is committed to spreading positive vibes only. He’s just happy to be making friends!
Check him out here with Marina de Tavira, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee and Yalitza Aparico.
Jenkins and the Roma crew go way back. During his birthday trip to Mexico City in November, they threw him a massive, impromptu party. (The whole thread is well worth reading.)
And when it comes to his own cast and crew, he is all about spreading the love.
I’m always overseas when noms come out and I don’t watch. Instead my publicist slips notes under my door and I find them when I return. MUCH love from the @BealeStreet family to QUEEN @ReginaKing and my right hand @NicholasBritell on their Oscar Noms!!! pic.twitter.com/qds8u9N6jK— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 22, 2019
Seriously, talk about celebrating fellow artists!
Also, he quotes The Favourite!
Fans, don't you feel left out. He values every single one.
Last one I'm gonna post before heading out into these Tokyo streets. The thing is, @NicholasBritell and I make these things essentially in his spare bedroom. To have the music spreading beyond us, out into the world and seeping into other folks' lives and work? NO WORDS ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/HtZ9gtA8a9— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) February 15, 2019
And most importantly, he has excellent taste in prestige television.
THE BODYGUARD — @_richardmadden is fantastic, FANTASTIC in this, a show I only heard of when Richard rightly accepted his Golden Globe for this splended performance. I’ll keep it brief: lean, mean first three episodes that spins on viscerally kinetic set pieces and...— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) February 3, 2019
Let's hear it for Barry Jenkins, making the most of a dismal awards season! We don't deserve him.